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Self-Drive Suggested Itinerary
Melbourne → Phillip Island → Mornington Peninsula → Apollo Bay → Twelve Apostles → Warrnambool → Grampians National Parks → Halls Gap → Farmstay
Upon arrival, pick-up your car at the airport and drive towards Phillip Island teeming with wildlife and adventure, home to the Little Penguins that parade up Summerland Beach each night and view the large population of koalas at close range from treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. To add to a dash of adventure, one can enjoy a go-kart ride around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit or take to the air in an exhilarating helicopter ride over the island. Not to be missed is the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, a tempting treat that everyone finds hard to resist! For the young at heart, a trip to A Maze'N Things will stimulate their minds through interactive optical illusions, puzzles and mazes.
Overnight: Phillip Island (Comfort Resort Kaloha Phillip Island or similar)
Drive through the picturesque hinterland and notice the Peninsula's love for food and wine. This picturesque destination offers fabulous winery experiences as well as great eco-tourism, adventure and wildlife. Go on a horseback winery ride or dive into famous shipwrecks. Indulge yourself in the therapeutic hot springs at Peninsula Hot Springs. At dusk, you can also join a guided nocturnal tour at Moonlit Sanctuary to view up close unique Australian wildlife.
Overnight: Mornington Peninsula (BW Plus Brooklands of Mornington or similar)
This morning take the passenger car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff. Travel along the view of Port Phillip Bay. From here take a short drive to Torquay, which marks the official start of the spectacular coastal drive along the Great Ocean Road. Approaching Apollo Bay, the contrast between rugged coast and inland forest becomes more spectacular. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is considered by many to be the most picturesque section of the Great Ocean Road. The highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop into the ocean, offering commanding views of the waves swelling and crashing onto the rocks and beaches below. You can also enjoy the fresh seafood and local produce here.
Overnight: Apollo Bay (Comfort Inn The International or similar)
Continue your journey west through breathtaking wilderness. Explore secluded beaches or the forest canopy via the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk in the Otway National Park. After that, drive to Port Campbell National Park to witness nature's marvelous rock formations. This is the most famous section of the Great Ocean Road. It features an amazing collection of rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles, carved out of the headland by the fierce waves of the southern ocean. Look out for magnificent shapes like Loch Ard Gorge, the Arch, the Blowhole and London Bridge in the nearby cliffs. Wreck Beach is also not to be missed. Adventurous sightseers can take the boardwalks that lead to lookouts and great views of the coastline. Plaques and signs mark the places where more than 160 ships floundered along the aptly named Shipwreck Coast.
Overnight: Warrnambool (Quality Suites Deep Blue or similar)
Head north, away from the coast and towards the natural beauty of the Grampians mountain range, to survey the beauty of the region follow the trail joining Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt, the highest peak in the southern Grampians. The Grampians National Park is famous for some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. Walk to cascading waterfalls or lookouts overlooking rugged mountain ranges and impressive rock formations, explore bushland and discover the diverse wildlife of the region and a wide variety of birds. Along with its natural beauty, the Grampians are home to the largest collection of Aboriginal rock paintings in Victoria. The town of Halls Gap is the tourist hub of the region. Surrounded by Mount William ranges, it is a great place to base yourself as you explore the Grampians.
Overnight: Halls Gap (Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap or similar)
Get ready for a hands-on with some farm experiences today. Upon arriving at Kyneton/Ballarat (central meeting point), be welcomed by the warm and friendly farm host families. Begin your farmstay with farm activities like sheep, cattle, alpaca and horse feeding, drafting of sheep, sheep dog working, sheep shearing (seasonal), tree planting, watering & planting vegetable seedlings, yabbying in a dam, star gazing, see wild kangaroos & visit the local town if time permits.
Overnight: Farmstay (L/D/B)
*Farm activities vary and depend on the type of farm host you are staying with.
After breakfast, bid farewell to the farm host family (recommended to bring along a small farewell gift as a token of appreciation). Continue your journey to Melbourne - a city that knows how to live. Choose from high-end cuisine to low brow rock gigs, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events, all taking place across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture or try your luck at the renowned Crown Casino. At night, enjoy the myriad of delights that romantic Melbourne has to offer.
Overnight: Melbourne (Mercure Hotel Welcome or similar)
This morning proceed to the airport for your flight back home.
- Ferry between Sorrento & Queenscliff operates approx. hourly between 7am to 6pm daily.
- Penguin Parade occurs in the evening.
- Koala Conservation Centre opens approx. from 10am to 5pm.
- Churchill Island opens approx. from 10am to 5pm.
- Arrive at the farm before 12pm for lunch.
- Wildlife viewing is not guaranteed.
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